According to this previous post,

make a point to:

  1. act purposely or intentionally
  2. to be certain to do something

However, I can't find any explanations for make a point to in dictionaries. Instead, I found make it a point to in Merriam Webster.

Should it be make a point to or make it a point to? Or they mean the same and are interchangeable?

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    I hear it both ways. "You should make a point to see Bela Fleck when he's in town" or "I make it a point to smoke only one cigar at a time." The dummy subject it is implicit in the first example. See conversational deletion on our sister site, English Language & Usage. – Robusto Jan 3 '18 at 4:11

Some expressions are carved in stone: there is just one form, and you have to use it exactly, otherwise it might mean something completely different. Others have evolved several variants, and this is one of them. Both of the versions that you have quoted are acceptable.

This NGram shows the relative frequency of the two versions that you quoted and the one that I normally use. Here are typical examples of each usage: -

I make it a point to be a nice guy - Falling for you
I did make a point to look up his next show and attend it. - Happily ever after: a tale of a wedding planner.
To help yourself to work more efficiently, make a point of going out each lunchtime. - Freelance fashion designer's handbook

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